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i wish i may, i wish i might...

...have this wish...

i am not so sure how i did it, but i did...i am so proud...in a nerdy kinda way...

i have wanted a wonderful blog banner for so long! yay!!!

this digital scrapping thing could be kinda fun...if i can add a beautiful blog banner AND tabs, i can do ANYTHING...told you...nerd!  one of these days i MAY try my hand at an actual digital layout...until then, the blog update will have to do!

and, anyone that was visiting the blog while under construction, must have thought i was NUTS!!! :)

nothing to share, spent all my creating time on that thing up at the top! thank you smj for the fun!

chelle


oh happy day

i wanted to update you all on nic's ankles...we just got home from the orthopedic surgeon...NO SURGERY!!!!!!!!!
 
we are sooo stinkin' happy around here! prayers work! we have been very stressed and anxious leading up to today's appt...she has been doing physical therapy since her last appt and apparently (medical marvel that she is) she has responded VERY well to the therapy....the doctor did not expect her to respond...rather her ankles to respond...like they have..."remarkable" i think is what he said...
 
bottom line, he thinks that she will rehab beautifully and not need the surgery, the physical therapy will get more aggressive and strengthen her ankles, beyond what they ever have been...an aggressive approach has not been taken so far and he has faith that she will respond and not EVER need the surgery...wow...what a HUGE relief!!!
 
she will go to PT for the next month, see her Dr again, at which point he feels that he will have her work aggressively on the court and see what she can do....push the limit and see if the ankles can take it...this will be just before club volleyball starts, so if they can handle that, then she is good to go...with continued strength training and always taped and wearing braces (she always has worn these and still sprained)...if she is not rehabbed properly, then she will probably re-sprain and then, and only then, will he re-address the surgery...he does not anticipate that...he really feels that with the progress she has made in two weeks that she will have a full recovery and actually come out much, much stronger in the end...
 
phewwww...did that all make sense? i am rambling and typing a mile a minute...so much to convey...i think you get the gist of the intense physical therapy being the difference between past sprains and the two current sprains (returning to the court too soon after past sprains caused all the future sprains...given her stretchy ligaments)...
 
this dr is amazing! he said he wants a close relationship with his athletes (nic loved that part) and he anticipates working through it all with her...also, the physical therapist at casa colina that is working with her is wonderful!
 
okay...you are updated...thank you for the prayers and thoughts, they have meant so much to us!
chelle

vote n shop

first off...please go vote...for you, for your kids, for your country...get going!

second, please go shop...for a great cause, from an amazing woman who designs amazing jewelry...20% of the total sales for today benefit stephanie & chrisitan...read thier story here, it will touch your life as it did mine...

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thank you for any part you play in helping those less fortunate, suffering, or in need of prayers...i am praying my little heart out for so many people these days...off to do some shopping...

happy tuesday (by the way, you can get a gingersnap latte, peppermint twist mocha, and eggnog latte starting today at the ol' sbux!!!)
chelle


a good day

nic and i headed out for mommy/daughter time...it seemed like a good time to head here...during this hard time for her, it was good to have a reminder of our blessings...this place fills nic up in a way that i could never describe, she actually gets really excited to go there...

...then, we went here...and, were REALLY filled up...it was a great day together...laughing, crying, and just being...

as an added bonus...a little treat...this is what nic did with my costume goods while i handed out candy to trick or treaters:

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groovy, huh?

happy sunday!
chelle


good news/bad news

i wanted to update you on nic and let you know that i just haven't been in the mood to create...i am hoping to spend some time in my room tomorrow and finish up all my halloween projects...

as for the update on the girl...

her ankle continued to swell all week...and the pain seemed to get worse for her...to the point she just wanted to 'go away' cause it would be better than dealing with so much pain...she didn't understand why someone couldn't tell her what was wrong, why she keeps spraining her ankles, what needs to be done, and how long it will take...that was thursday night...

friday, i got her an appt with an orthopedic surgeon that specialized in sport's injuries...he was amazing! nic wanted to hug him! he walked in, asked her a couple of questions and said 'long term, you need surgery and the recovery is 3 months out of commission, and 6 to 9 months rehab to get back on the court'...short term,  'i want to cast you or put you in a boot, as long as the x-rays show no fracture, for two to three weeks at which point i can tell if you have to have the surgery now or wait till you are ready for it, based on when you think is best to be off the court'...essentially, nic has bad ligaments and that is the reason for the recurring sprains...in fact those 'bad ligaments' are throughout her body...she can do some crazy things with her appendages! 

so, bottom line...there is a brace on the right ankle she sprained a month ago, because it is bearing all the weight while she is on crutches and it is not healed yet...her left ankle...no fracture...yay!...is in a boot and we wait for the swelling to go down, then we do more x-rays to see if the ligament is back to normal (well, her normal)...this will tell us if she can go on or have surgery right away...otherwise, she decides when she wants the surgery to fix the ligaments in both ankles and have the 9-12 month recovery...missing either high school or club volleyball...which at her age, the sooner the better...so, she has already said she wants it right away...to heal by next school season...

we are thrilled to have the answers we needed and to find a fabulous doctor that spelled it all out for her and gave her the exact time line she was begging for the night before...

we are also scared for the surgery...but dealing with it...and, the pain...which hasn't' gotten better yet, but we have hope that it will...

thank you for listening, i should have something pretty to show you tomorrow...for now, here is the latest picture of the newly sprained ankle:

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keep up those prayers, they are working!
chelle


long road

sometimes most of the time we don't get to know God's plan...we are not privy to his will for us...we keep going, making choices and believing...we are faithful...

...sometimes, it is just so hard! and, even in the face of that hard stuff, we know that it could be SO much worse...i am trying to stay in the place of 'it could be worse' and to remind my baby girl of that...it could be worse...a lot worse...we know that...it just doesn't always make us feel better...

she is hurting and this mama wants to take it all away...at an away game last night, she came down from a hit onto a team mates foot...doing in her other ankle...which has been weak compensating from the other one that is still recovering...she is in a lot of pain and over all so ready to give up on her dreams cause she worked so hard to get back to the court...then this...which probably puts her out for the season with club tryouts in two weeks and that probably won't happen either...neat...she is one unhappy girl...

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my poor girl

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her poor ankle

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and, here is my poor shirt...remind me never to wear white to a volleyball game again...

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this would be where my girl snuggled in and cried her heart out...both from pain and from her broken heart...

...if you are the praying sort...please sent a little prayer her way...just a little one, we know there are lots of kids out there suffering from far worse that need the big prayers and she will heal, we know this...just hope for a speedy recovery and for her to remain positive about her hard work paying off some day...

thanks for listening to this sappy mom hurting for her girl...


tag time

i've been tagged! whoo hoo...my first!  thank to kelly of addicted to stamp & scraps...be sure to check out her blog...her Stampin' Up! creations are adorable!

now, sit back with an iced vanilla coffee and get ready to learn a few fun (or, more likely, scary) things about me...be for warned...you are going to finally know what a NERD i am!!!

Tagged here we go....

1-i am a coffee master...yep...black apron and all...for those that don't know what this is, have you noticed at your local starbucks that some of the baristas are wearing green aprons and some are wearing black aprons??? well, i used to wear a green one (and, still wished i did cause it is classic starbucks) but now wear a black one...and, can NEVER ever where the green one again!!! that is because a year ago i underwent 'special' training to be more knowledgeable about coffee...thus the sign of a 'specially trained' barista is the black apron...so, it does not mean you are a manager, or supervisor, or whatever...it just means you know lots about the growing, roasting, and brewing of coffee!!!

2-i heart george michael...my first love...i saw him in concert friday night and fell in love all over again...just like when i was 13!!!!

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 no, this was not taken when i was 13 (although i was wearing LA Gear tennis shoes) nor at the concert...it was an 80's bday party for my sis a few years ago...but, you get the picture...i love me some george!

3-i dream of retiring to maine with the hubster as soon as humanly possible...i love it there...in fact we are heading there in august...i fell in love in 1986 and have wanted to move there ever since!

4-i originally wanted 4 children...then i had my chicka...all bets were off!! she is plenty for this mama!!!

5-before i had my daughter, i permed my slightly wavy hair...but, hormones or whatever happens during pregnancy to cause it, curled my hair...it is curly and seems to get even curlier over the years...and, wouldn't it figure that now that i have curly hair, i want it straight!

6-i have a tattoo...well, a partial tattoo...i drew a rose with a heart in class one day and loved it...i promptly left the college campus in search of a tattoo shop...and viola...a tattoo on my....ummm...chest...well, a few years ago i decided that i could do without it and started the process of having it removed...that is the most painful thing i have EVER done...it is about half gone and i have had four treatments...four to five more and i will be ink free!

7-i love butterflies...you may have known that...but here is the reason why:  i was not so much a happy teenager...right, like there is such a thing anyway...i was let's just say, really, really unhappy...i was overweight, a bookworm, and teased A LOT...i was friends with my teaches WAY more than my peers...bottom line, i didn't much like myself...well, like a caterpillar i went through some changes in my twenties...i can't really say how, what, when, or where...just suffice it to say, that i have emerged a butterfly...beautiful and happy...and, that beauty isn't on the outside...it's that love of myself and others...that belief that i am worthy and worth it...and lovable..."She remembers when she first got her wings, And how she opened up that day she learned to sing, Then the colors came, erased the black and white, And her whole world changed"...from Martina McBride's 'She's a Butterfly'...

there you have it...hope you enjoyed a little look into my crazy world!!!

now, for the 7 people i have to tag...

1-tanya of tanya's stamps 'n' things
2-kelly of crafting creatively
3-kylie of blossom designs
4-laurie of charming designs
5-kim of kim's stampin room
6-michele of thoughts of cardmaking scrapbooker
7-kirsten of  confessions of a naptime stamper

i chose these seven bloggers because they have been a HUGE support to me (along with kelly from above)...i am still new to this sharing of my passion, and this group has left sweet comment after sweet comment from the beginning...they have inspired me to keep it up and not be discouraged...thank you for that girls!!!  have fun if you decide to play along ladies!!



eight years and four score...

i have no idea what that means...but, eight years ago today, i was a nervous wreck...i was about to marry the man of my dreams...the man that cherished and adored not only me, but my baby girl...the man that would love me for the rest of my life...this man...

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that i adore...


steve and i met when i was a live-in nanny and he was hired to paint the house i lived in with my daughter...day in and day out, he would arrive to paint and i would be with the kids...all day...we both had someone special in our lives and we talked with honesty and openness...we became friends...then, one day he broke up with his girlfriend...a short time later, i broke up with my boyfriend...each being there for the other through them...

neither of us is sure when we started looking at the other as more than a friend...but, on the last day he was there..the house was done...he asked me out...on our first date two weeks later, we knew...we were in love and we had found 'the one'...we were wed five years later on that very day...June 10...

happy anniversary my love!

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his card, and one of my all time favorite
pictures of us...
at the end of a family photo shoot, the
photographer snapped this...she surprised us
with a copy of the picture...



here is a closer picture of his card...i used a picture i took of our rings on one of our antique bibles...

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i wish you all happiness, love and someone to cherish for all time...they really are worth the wait!!!

ingredients:

SU!: chocolate chip cs, ribbon, rub-ons

pallette burnt umber ink, sponge, dp is magnolia by my mind's eye

i distressed all edges and sponged photo and all paper with the ink...


that's better

learned a wee bit more...still not exactly what i am going for...but, better!!!

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okay, i have to make some cards...so done playing with this for now...but, stay tuned, i shall conquer this!!!

happy monday!!!


lovely day

Happy Mother's Day to all you fantastic moms...of children, of dogs, cats...fish...thanks for doing what you do and being who you are!!!

this is my first attempt at editing a picture in my new photoshop elements 6 (actually first, regardless of program!)...didn't go well...not happiness..but shall learn!

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these are roses on one of my rose trees...just beautiful!  i hope your day was wonderful! we had a lovely day here...brunch, moms, laughter...who could ask for more???  did realize a while ago that s.m. was the only male here...that's hysterical!!! he was wonderful and did dishes four times for me...you go honey!

happy day!